“The time for assembly is God’s time,” said Superintendent John Smith during the welcome service for The Church of God in Christ’s (COGIC) 112th annual Holy Convocation. “It is not time to go to a beauty salon. It is not time to go play golf. It is not time to watch a basketball game. This is God’s time.”
In its tenth consecutive year in St. Louis, COGIC’s annual spiritual gathering is bringing thousands of people to downtown St. Louis for praise and worship at America’s Center. More than 30,000 faithful are assembling for biblical instruction, training, and spiritual inspiration.
“The Church of God in Christ is one of the oldest Pentecostal denominations in the country and our annual Holy Convocation is the largest, singular Christian conference that inspires and encourages hundreds of thousands of believers across the globe,” said Bishop Charles E. Blake Sr., presiding bishop of COGIC worldwide.
The worship service broadcasts to 12,000 local congregations across the nation and 105 countries globally. COGIC is comprised of more than six million members around the world.
During Holy Convocation, convention members spend a substantial amount of time in the community as servant leaders, service providers and patrons.
St. Louis has benefited from hosting COGIC’s Holy Convocation as the convention has generated a sizable economic footprint in the area. In a statement from COGIC’s spokesperson, since 2010 the impact to the St. Louis regional economy is expected to exceed $143 million with this year’s convention.
“When you consider the impact on the restaurants, local mom-and-pop shops, the hotel industry, and all the other businesses and commerce it takes to accommodate tens of thousands of people coming to a city, it’s amazing what happens,” said Bishop Frank A. White, COGIC financial secretary.
As the week-long devotional gathering proceeds, COGIC is hosting several urban project initiatives called COGIC Cares.
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Source: St. Louis American